Arts4justice is an innovative community activity that seeks to engage Aboriginal people and Aboriginal artists.
Blacktown Local Government Area is home to the second largest urban Aboriginal population in NSW. Given this strong presence, arts4justice program will have a special focus on attracting Aboriginal people from the area. The program is open to all Aboriginal persons in four local government areas – Blacktown, The Hills Shire, Parramatta and Cumberland.
The program will be conducted under the guidance of experienced Aboriginal artists. Toongabbie Legal Centre (TLC) will provide the raw materials for aspiring artists who wish to learn from these experienced artists to bring their own expressions to life on canvas. Those who participate in this programme will gain a sense of pride in their own unique art form and an identity with the long-standing cultural values.
Through this community engagement program, TLC hopes that Aboriginal women, men and youth will discover, re-discover and strengthen their connection with their traditional culture and arts, while further developing artistic skills they can carry into the future. TLC recognises that this is a very small contribution to the enhancement of dignity and respect for Aboriginal art. TLC wishes to serve the community through enhancing Aboriginal art and culture and the diversity of contemporary Australian society.